It is without a doubt refreshing for the human being to enter a visually pleasing space, where each element has a reason for being and takes over its own place. Taking this into account, it is worth highlighting the spontaneous fluidity that Andrea and Lucía compose when they dare to transform interiors and investigate furniture design through Comité de Proyectos, an office that since 2014 has been dedicated to the innovation of both areas.
First of all, tell us who is behind Comité de Proyectos
Comité de Proyectos was founded by us, Lucía Soto and Andrea Flores. We are both industrial designers. I (Lucía) studied at CIDI at UNAM and Andrea began her studies at UAM to later finish at IED in Barcelona and Milan.
Your work unites interior design and furniture design. How did you manage to integrate both areas?
We both started our working lives in other firms where both parties worked together, so it was always natural for us to complement the work of both disciplines; since they feed back. Most of the line furniture we make comes out of interior projects and sometimes those same furniture turned into line pieces bring us clients who are looking for interior projects, so they are closely related to each other.
What was the crucial part of dedicating yourself design and manufacture of furniture?
We believe that when you dedicate yourself to design it is crucial to work with empathy, a lot of observation and listen to your instincts. It was crucial for us to share a similar vision and working method, we are both very attentive to detail.
What was the first piece of furniture you launched on the market?
The first piece we took out I think was the floor coat rack, it was a home accessory that we designed for an interior project that was never manufactured and we decided to put it out as an object for sale, and it has been one of our best-selling objects so far!
What is primordial in your creations, functionality or aesthetics?
It depends, we like to make a balance between the two, but for line furniture and especially for furniture designed for a space in a contracted project, our priority is function and once this is resolved, we work on aesthetics. In contrast, when we design collector’s pieces, limited editions or, for example, the space (Espacio Interior was called) that we presented at Design House Mexico last year, our priority is aesthetics, understood not only as a series of formal characteristics but also conceptual; for these pieces / spaces we are more interested in the form communicating a message or a sensation and the function is a mere pretext.
EIn this fields, both in interior design and furniture design, the footprint that is left in each design is always taken into account. What footprint does Comité de Proyectos seek to leave?
I think we can talk about two types of footprints, the cultural footprint and the environmental footprint. Regarding the environmental footprint, when designing we always take this factor into account: the materials with which this is made, how long will it take to degrade? How long is this or that living piece going to last? We design thinking that the pieces last and can be reused, inherited, repaired and enjoyed for a long time. As for the cultural footprint, I think it becomes much more relevant in collectibles, since they have a very clear intention and this is to communicate. It could be said that we seek to capture concepts or ideas through form and function.
After all these years of work, do you continue with the same philosophy?
No, our philosophy has been changing, what we have maintained are our values.
At the level of Interior Design, what can never be missing in a home?
I think plants, there is no furniture or space that we believe is essential because the spaces are or should be the reflection of the personality of each person, my father for example prefers to sleep on the floor than in a bed, there are those who do not use the kitchen, or who prefer to eat at the breakfast bar than in a dining room … but plants give life to any space, so they are an element that we generally use and highly recommend.
Among all the elements that intervene in a space, the distribution, the light, the colors, the materials, which one would they choose?
Impossible to do without any, metaphorically speaking each one is an organ of a living being …
Finally, what do you think will follow from now on both for interior design and furniture design, do you think that something needs to be done or is Latin American design in these branches on the right track?
We believe that Latin American design is gaining strength and that it is in an excellent moment. If the pandemic has brought us something, it is a forced change of pace and in many cases a rethinking of the form and substance of our work both personally and professionally; so perhaps it would be necessary to do more introspection. I mean that if we turn inward and learn to use the tools we already have, perhaps we can innovate in a much deeper way, make use of ancient techniques, the aesthetics of our cities, the chaos that surrounds us, of the materials of our region, we believe that there is better inspiration.
Images thanks to Comité de Proyectos
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